“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” - Casey Stengel

Teamwork is essential to project management. But the team setting is the place where personal and collective interests most often clash. Various initiatives have been used to strengthen team spirit, homing in on various key issues. The most helpful comparison is with the world of sports.

Is it possible to function well in a team without a background in team-based sports? There is no causal link. Flourishing in a team setting requires the kind of a...

Once a project manager, always a project manager

This post comes following a conversation with my sister where she listed everything she wanted to do in the upcoming days. I was exhausted just listening and I’ve been thinking about a way to help her free her mind.

Then I remembered the idea of a backlog within the agile Scrum methodology. Let me first quickly explain this interesting concept and then I’ll come back to how we can apply it in our own lives.

Scrum is a methodology for managing the development and maintenance of complex products...

09/01/2019

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. – Ford

Project manager; what a great job! 

Each project has its own discoveries and opportunities for improvement – for the project manager and for all those working with them.

Provided we take the time to try new approaches, we can all discover new styles and learn a bit more about ourselves.

At the start of this new year, I recommend regularly taking time to think about your projects – whether these be personal or professional – and asking yourself these quest...

Help! My boss confides me which does not interest me – or that I don’t even believe in! This is a serious issue.

The success of a project implies that different people all work towards the same direction.

It’s the manager’s task to point towards that direction.

Along the way, some will get tired of working towards the common goal. It’s the manager who gives sense to the demanded efforts.

To succeed implies that the helm is kept to the right bearing even through the storm. It’s the manager who keeps a leveled head and remains hopeful.

Taking resp...

Managing a project is like preparing a meal. Just about anyone can get food on the table. But pulling off a five-course meal for a large group of guests is another story. If you really want it to be a success, you’ll turn to a professional.

The same goes for projects. Anyone with a minimum of organisational skills can see a project through. But when the project gets more complex, you can increase your chances of success – and reduce your chances of getting an ulcer – by handing it to a professional project manager.

A project manager stands ou...

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